The Acts of the Apostles

Introduction

The Acts of the Apostles is in some sense a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, and is addressed to the same unknown person, Theophilus. Many Bible student see in the book the formal beginning of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. The departing Christ makes the announcement of a great campaign of world-wide missions, through human agency under the power of the Holy Spirit. The book may be divided into two parts, the period of Home Missions, and the period of Foreign Missions.

After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Peter preached boldly and performed many miracles. Peter’s actions demonstrate vividly the source and effects of Christian power. Because of the Holy Spirit, God’s people were empowered so they could accomplish their tasks. The Holy Spirit is still available to empower believers today. We should turn to the Holy Spirit to give us the strength, courage, and insight to accomplish our work for God.

Paul’s missionary adventures show us the progress of Christianity. The gospel could not be confined to one corner of the world. This was a faith that offered hope to all humanity. We too should venture forth and share in this heroic task to witness for Christ in all the world.

Writer:

Luke, this book is in some sense a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, and is addressed to the same unknown person, Theophilus.

Date Written:

Between A.D. 63 and 70

To Whom Written:

Theophilus and all believers everywhere.

Purpose:

To give and accurate account of the birth and growth of the Christian church.

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